Although he had been ill while in childhood, John Doe was : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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Although he had been ill while in childhood, John Doe was

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Although he had been ill while in childhood, John Doe was 102 years old when he died peacefully in his sleep.

A while in childhood,
B while being a child
C while a child
D at the time of being a child
E as a child

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21 Feb 2004, 23:33
I'd go with A. Hesitated with E too but E could seem ambiguous, as if John Doe had been ill as a child (like a child). I don't like A too much either but it seems to better convey the idea of John Doe being ill during a specific time frame; his childhood
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22 Feb 2004, 06:43
The correct idiomatic expression for this example is choice E - as a child. Choice D's at the time of indicates a brief amount of time, certainly more brief than childhood, and is unidiomatic.
While being a child (B) seems to imply that John Doe has been acting like a child, rather than referring to his actual childhood.
Choices A and C are simply not idiomatically correct.
The correct answer, choice E, fits with as from our list of idiomatic expressions - as a child follows the same format of as a scout.

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